Paris fan dies after attack by rival supporters

March 18, 2010 4:59:43 AM PDT
French police say a fan of the Paris Saint-Germain soccer team has died after weeks in a coma following an attack by rival supporters of the club. The 38-year-old fan suffered serious head injuries during street clashes among fan groups at a Feb. 28 French league match against Marseille.

A Paris police official said Thursday the fan, who was not identified, died late Wednesday night in the Beaujon Hospital. The official was not authorized to be publicly named because of police rules.

Preliminary charges for attempted murder were filed against a man suspected of taking part in the assault after being identified through video surveillance cameras.

Violence among rival fan groups has long plagued the Paris club.